I'm attempting to plan a last-minute (late July / early August) holiday focused on easy walks with my children (age range 4-13) and golden retriever. We'd like to do daily walks of 8km or less that aren't too strenuous, although I'm prepared to carry my 4 year old as necessary, leaving a 7 year old as the next-youngest.
I'm struggling to determine whether the dog will have to stay on a leash or whether he can walk free, which makes him 500x happier and willing to walk all day. I'm finding conflicting anecdotal info on-line. Some people say that all the dogs are off-leash. Others say that dogs must be on-leash at all times due to other wildlife and livestock and only irresponsible tourists take the leash off.
I don't care so much exactly which area we go to, as long as there are some restaurants in the area as I'd prefer not to cook. We probably wouldn't want to bring the dog to restaurants as he's a very hungry fellow without the best table manners. If he has one thoroughly good walk per day that's about all he needs and he can then be left at home.
So, for clarity's sake, I'd like to figure out if there are mountain areas in Switzerland where there are child-friendly walks where dogs can walk free. In towns and such we would always keep him on a leash, regardless.
Less-popular areas where we're more likely to still be able to find available accommodation would be a plus.